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Community Health Needs Assessment

Improving the health of the community is central to St. Luke's mission and ongoing ministry of healing. Based on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), all nonprofit hospitals must conduct a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) every three years to better understand the most pressing health needs of our community, and work on implementation plans to drive meaningful results. St. Luke's conducted its third CHNA in 2018-2019, and in response to population data, community input and regional strategic plans has identified four priorities to focus efforts:
  • Diabetes Prevention and Self-Management
  • Opioid Use Disorder
  • Health Literacy and Cultural Competency
  • Access to Care for Older Adults
As a new addition to our network of care and a new non-profit hospital, St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital conducted its first CHNA in 2018-2019, and has identified two priorities to focus efforts:
  • Access to Care
  • Nutrition and Weight Status
While we have chosen to prioritize those areas in our outreach efforts, we continue to offer resources for a wide range of health needs, including those identified in previous assessments. We are fortunate to be part of a community where there are numerous healthcare providers and non-profit agencies with which to collaborate, as well as to refer to when necessary.

We have also published below the implementation plans for both St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital to support the findings of the assessments. This process offers us an opportunity to strategically focus on ways to make a difference in our community's health each and every day.

Any feedback or input regarding the CHNA can be emailed to: SLHCommunityBenefit@stlukes-stl.com.